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A Resurgence of Neural Networks in Machine Learning
Berkeley School of Information ^ | Nov 20, 2013 | Dan Gillick

Posted on 04/29/2014 2:48:17 AM PDT by Gene Eric

In 2010, the best systems got around 25% WER for recorded phone conversations, meaning that a quarter of the words were misrecognized. This is actually pretty good, since people often speak very quickly with lots of background noise and add lots of disfluencies (e.g., “like…uh…yeah…so I…I…ok…right”). By comparison, the WER for Google Voice data, which includes search queries and dictated messages, was 16%.

Compared to other areas of artificial intelligence, speech is a mature field, especially since it was commercialized so early by IBM and Dragon Systems. Because of this, by the time 2010 rolled around, even incremental progress had become quite difficult. The four or five very best new ideas over the past few decades have yielded 5-10% improvements in the state of the art. Speech conferences include hundreds or even thousands of presentations on complex models that seem to work a bit better for one genre but not another. I decided to write my dissertation about an easier topic.

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TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: machinelearning; neuralnetworks
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All this progress in machine learning and in computation is pretty impressive. Still more impressive is that a baby’s brain learns a significantly better model for interpreting speech.

1 posted on 04/29/2014 2:48:17 AM PDT by Gene Eric
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To: nathanbedford

Dragon Systems ping.

2 posted on 04/29/2014 2:49:36 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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